Transforming organizations, leaders and lives at the intersection of science + culture.

Sometimes a speaker can energize an entire room simply by her presence, and when Michelle takes the stage, that’s exactly what you get. From the first words into the microphone, Michelle lets the entire audience know that they’re in for something special.

Chris Strub

Author, 50 States, 100 Days


L. Michelle Smith changes organizations for the better by transforming the lives and leadership of executives with the power of science + culture. Seen on local, national and international media outlets, she is a bestselling, award-winning author, Fortune 100 C-Suite advisor, certified global executive and personal coach and the CEO/founder of no silos communications llc. NSC is a media and consulting company that develops high-performing executive leaders with a specialty in women and women of color. Positive psychology and neuroscience-informed and credentialed by the International Coaching Federation, she runs an international coaching and consulting practice where she works with professionals and organizations to create learning and coaching experiences that inspire exceptional lives and leadership. L. Michelle has authored three books. She recently signed with HarperCollins to pen her fourth book,  due for release in winter 2026.  It is called Call & Response: 10 Leadership Lessons from the Black Church (Amistad/HarperCollins/JVL Media). She is the only Black woman author creating leadership books that combine culture with applied sciences, including her latest, Yes Please! 7 Ways to Say I’m Entitled to the C-Suite–listed by BLAVITY as one of “15 books by a Black woman that you should not miss.” Her commercial debut, No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself (2nd edition) received the Outstanding Book Award (2021) from the National Association of Black Journalists. She is the creator, executive producer and host of The Culture Soup Podcast®, heard in 70+ countries with 350+ episodes. She has more than 25 years as an elite, award-winning strategic communicator at global agencies and at Fortune 10 telecom giant, AT&T.  In her career, she was made VP before the age of 30, and SVP before 40. She was Chief Executive of her own agency by the age of 30 and for about a decade.  She is a highly sought-after speaker on topics in business, culture, leadership & personal development, and has appeared in local, national and  international media as a subject matter expert in the same areas.. She serves on global boards in the arts and academics, including her alma mater, Texas Christian University Bob Schieffer College of Communication.

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